Ridout's-Brown-Service Prattville Chapel

347 East Main Street, Prattville, AL


Edward Arthur Grouby Jr.

November 22, 1927January 2, 2020

LCDR Edward A. Grouby, Jr., USN Ret., 92, a longtime resident of Prattville, Alabama passed away peacefully on Thursday, January, 2, 2020. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Frances Beck Grouby; his two children, Edward Arthur “Chip” Grouby, III (Gina) of Opelika; Cindy Grouby Key (Jim) of Gulf Shores; his beloved grandchildren, Sarah Key Cascio (Joseph) of Birmingham; Julie Key Scott (Tyler) of Daphne; Martlynn Grouby of Opelika; and great granddaughters Frances Cascio and Clara James Cascio, both of Birmingham; two grandsons Jacob Davis and Dylon Brownlow; two sisters, Betty G. Milldrum of Eufaula and Dianne G. Reynolds (Wayne) of Montgomery, as well as several beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by three sons, Robert Keith Grouby and Kenneth Lee Grouby, infant son James Edward Grouby, and his parents, Judge Edward Arthur Grouby, Sr. and Rose Saunders Grouby.

He attended Starke Military Academy and graduated from Autauga County High School, Prattville, Alabama. He received his BS degree from Troy State, Troy, Alabama. He attended graduate school at The University of Alabama and then entered the Naval Cadet program in Pensacola, Florida. He received his wings of gold at NAS Corpus Christie TX. He served in several fighter squadrons and was safety officer at NAS Milton, Florida where he received several safety awards. He served aboard the historic aircraft carrier, The Shangri-La, named by President Roosevelt. He was Officer In Charge of the 6th Naval District Manpower Validation Team which did surveys at the Pentagon, Naples, Italy, Gitmo, and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and was Commanding officer of VU-6 Virginia, Beach, Virginia. He retired from CINABATRA staff NAS Pensacola, Florida and returned to Prattville where he entered the family business, Grouby Furniture Company. He was elected the first president of the Downtown Merchant Association, was president of the Lions Club, and received the highest award from the Lions Club, the Melvin Jones Fellow award. He was also a member of the Masons, VFW, the American Legion, and was the treasurer of the local chapter of the AARP. Ed was president of the Alabama Jurisdiction of Woodmen of the World and on the national legislative and judicial committees. He served three terms in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1978 – 1990.

Ed was a man of great faith who served as a deacon, an usher, and was a member of the Friendship Sunday School class of First Baptist Church of Prattville. His favorite past times were entertaining family and friends at his home in Orange Beach, Alabama, and watching Alabama and Troy football. He will be truly missed by his family and friends. He was one of God’s humble servants.

Pall Bearers: Bob Beck, Tom Milldrum ,Benjie Beck, Brian Horton, John Vandiver, Earnest Edwards.

Honorary Pall Bearers: Mayor Bill Gillespie, Probate Judge Kim Kervin, State Representative Will Dismukes, Jim Byard, Tom Newton, Buddy Buckner, Norman Anderson, Sr. Kenneth Hemphill, Tom Reinhart. His Navy Brothers: Jack Smith, Herbert Burton, Pete Waldon, Bob King, Henry Brothers, Members of the Friendship Sunday School Class Members of the Prattville Lions Club

Memorials may be sent to the Fran and Ed Grouby Troy University Scholarship Fund: PO Box 681603 Prattville, AL 36068 Or to Alabama Baptist Children Home: PO Box 361767 Birmingham, AL 35236 Or to the charity of one’s choice.

“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”

- Abraham Lincoln



  • Visitation Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 4, 2020


  • Burial


Edward Arthur Grouby Jr.

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Deb Stephens

January 14, 2020

Cindy & Chip I am so sorry for your loss. As an AF Pilot to this great Navy Pilot--He has slipped the surly bonds of Earth & now rests in his creators hands. God Bless You All.

Tim Hall

January 7, 2020

Condolences to the Grouby family.

Rest In Peace

Colonel Tim Hall
US Air Force ret.

Marianne Frame

January 4, 2020

Snooky you had a way of making everything in life a little happier. I will always remember you as a special man who knew how to live life to the fullest and gave others the gift of LOVE . May God bless you .

Ken Frame

January 3, 2020

Snooky you are a good friend and fellow Navy Pilot. You've been transferred to a new Command. Take charge and, as always, protect your 6. In true Navy tradition "Fair winds and a following sea" old friend.

Susie Moses

January 3, 2020

My favorite person ever.
He taught me so much at a very young age and would even debate with me over politics when I was 10 years old.
He did lose a bet to me on one of our presidential elections for a big steak dinner. I sure will miss his witty humor and his warm hugs.

Julie Israel Crowe

January 3, 2020

Chip and family, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. He was always so very friendly and kind towards me, as he was with everyone. Please know you all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Nathan Harris

January 2, 2020

Mr Grouby was my friend. I enjoyed hearing about his time in military and how he was an expert in flying the plane. He truly was a great encourager and a man of strong will. I also enjoyed talking with him and his wife about the good old times . He will be miss and my condolences to the family.